Management Team

LUMICKS is managed by an experienced team with diverse backgrounds. They combine business experience with technical expertise and a strong drive for growth and impact through customer success.

Olivier Heyning CEO

Olivier Heyning


Following a Sales and Business Development Director role at FEI— now ThermoFisher— Olivier Heyning co-founded LUMICKS in 2014. He is an experienced manager with in-depth knowledge of the life-science equipment market.
Andrea Candelli CSO & Cell Avidity Go to Market

Andrea Candelli

CSO & Cell Avidity Go to Market

As co-founder of LUMICKS Andrea is an expert in the field of single-molecule applications, turning a self-built proof-of-concept prototype into a business opportunity. Currently, Andrea oversees the scientific vision and market creation strategy to Biotech and Pharma.
Willem Peutz Head of Customer Success

Willem Peutz

Head of Customer Success

A born entrepeneur with a degree in Physics from Delft and St. Barbara, Willem worked for McKinsey and Shell before joining LUMICKS early on. He is currently responsible for global sales and customer success.
Lycke Cappelle General Counsel / Office

Lycke Cappelle

General Counsel / Office

Previously a Corporate and IP lawyer at Allen & Overy and Heussen, Lycke is responsible for two crucial parts within LUMICKS; legal & compliance as well as general office management.
Gijs Oude Elberink COO

Gijs Oude Elberink


Having previously worked at Philips and at FEI/Thermofisher as Operations Director and Head of Global Sourcing & Operations Director respectively, Gijs is currently overseeing all R&D projects, sourcing and overall operations at LUMICKS.
Mattijs de Groot CTO

Mattijs de Groot


Mattijs has been developing high-tech optics instruments for over 10 years. As a deep content expert in hardware, electronics and software, Mattijs oversees the key developments for LUMICKS technical roadmap and manages the related IP portfolio.
Mira ten Velden

Mira ten Velden

HR Director

With extensive knowledge and experience in HR from previous roles at Shell, PinkRoccade, and her M.Sc. degree in Social & Organizational Psychology, Mira is responsible for transforming LUMICKS’ Human Resources and ensuring high employee engagement.
Gerrit Sitters

Gerrit Sitters

Head of Product Cell Avidity

During his Ph.D. in Physics at the VU University Gerrit further developed both C-Trap & AFS technologies. An expert on both products in LUMICKS’s portfolio, Gerrit now focuses on top market requirements for Cell Avidity technology and leads the technical and commercial roadmap.
Bauke van Rhijn CFO & Head of Product DSM

Bauke van Rhijn

CFO & Head of Product DSM

Bauke previously worked at ING’s Corporate Finance division. At LUMICKS he is responsible for finance and plays a vital role in strategy formulation and managing bank and investor relations. For DSM Bauke leads product development and translation into technical and commercial roadmap.

Supervisory Board

Seasoned business & life science experts make up LUMICKS’ supervisory board, advising us on strategy and key decisions.

Peter van den Broek

Peter van den Broek (NL)
Supervisory Board

High-tech equipment business expert. Previously CEO of Leica, Senior Vice President at Fluke

Pieter van der Meer

Pieter van der Meer (NL)
Supervisory Board

Seasoned Life Science Venture Capitalist. Managing Partner Gilde Healthcare Partners

Erik Walldén

Erik Walldén (SE), Chairman
Supervisory Board

30 years of Life Science & Biotech executive experience. Previous CEO of Biacore (GE), Biotage (IPO), Perseptive (Life Techn.), Pharmacia (GE), GyrosAffibody

Don Kania

Don Kania (USA)
Supervisory Board

CEO at FEI for 10 yrs (acquired by ThermoFisher), COO at Veeco. Management role at LLNL and LANL labs. PhD in Physics & Engineering from University of Michigan

Technical Advisory Board

LUMICKS’ technical advisory board includes the most knowledgeable people on our applications and technology.

Gijs Wuite

Prof.dr. Gijs Wuite (NL)
Technical Advisory Board

Biophysicist, PhD from UC Berkeley, Single-molecule force spectroscopy and Optical Tweezers expert
Co-founded LUMICKS in 2014

Erwin Peterman Erwin Peterman (NL)
Technical Advisory Board

Biophysicist, Post-doc Stanford University at W.E. Moerner (Nobel laureate 2014), Single-molecule microscopy expert
Co-founded LUMICKS in 2014


Gigi Wang (USA)
Technical Advisory Board

Global mentor for entrepreneurship and innovation
Managing Partner of MG-Team, LLC,
Chair of Berkeley Method Boot-camp, Board Member MITEF/Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB)

Iddo Heller

Dr. ir. Iddo Heller (NL)
Technical Advisory Board

Assistant Professor Physics of Living Systems at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Developed high tech instruments for >10 years
Developer of super-resolution optical tweezers & fluorescence

Arne Gennerich

Prof. Arne Gennerich (USA)
Technical Advisory Board

Associate Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Single-molecule biophysicist, expert on molecular motors, and microscope developer

Dr. Frank Lison

Dr. Frank Lison (DE)
Technical Advisory Board

Seasoned SME high-tech optics company GM
Successfully built & exited three similar companies